15 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts That Give Back

The only thing better than giving the perfect gift is knowing you’re supporting an important cause at the same time.

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November 12, 2020

It’s more important than ever to give back to our communities and beyond this year, and we’ve made it easy to do so with our curated list of gifts that give back. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stocking stuffer for your kids or a cozy buy for the homebody in your life, there’s something for everyone. Support the causes closest to your heart and spoil your loved ones for the holiday season with these charitable gift picks below.

Add an extra-special spatula to your home chef’s stocking this year. Williams Sonoma’s No Kid Hungry collection features 10 unique, celebrity-designed spatulas to choose from, and 30 percent of their retail price is donated to No Kid Hungry to fight childhood hunger. Want to make more of an impact? The No Kid Hungry collection also features 10 matching dish towels to round out the set.

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$19.95 (Set of 2)

Celebrate and support love with this cheerful rainbow towel set. Williams-Sonoma promises to donate 50 percent of the purchase price for these towels to support efforts of the Human Rights Campaign. The civil rights organization works tirelessly to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and create a world of equality for all.

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$45 - $89
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The homebody in your life will love lounging fireside in this buttery-soft chenille throw. Each blanket features a dimensional honeycomb weave and comes in your choice of golden oak, midnight blue, taupe or washed ruby red. Even better? West Elm promises to donate 50 percent of your purchase price to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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$8.40 - $58
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Sip hot cocoa for a good cause with these darling cat and dog holiday mugs. West Elm promises to donate $1 to the ASPCA for every mug purchased with a minimum donation of $30,000 by January 31, 2021. Benefit the animal welfare organization with your choice of five furry mug designs. Feeling more charitable this year? Snag a set of two or four mugs to enjoy with family throughout the holiday season.

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$30 (Set of 5)

Face masks are the official stocking stuffer of 2020. Purchase this airy and elegant five-piece face masks set from Parachute to protect your loved ones and others throughout the holiday season. The set comes with five breathable linen masks, and with each set purchased, Parachute promises to donate to those in need through two organizations: Get Us PPE and Safe Place for Youth. Get Us PPE provides protective personal equipment to frontline workers in under-resourced communities, and Safe Place for Youth uses community outreach and health/wellness care to empower and uplift homeless youth.

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Craving a power lunch with your work wife right about now? Gift her the next best thing with this glamorous martini lunch puzzle from Piecework. The punchy puzzle features all-things-fun with flashy nails, layered jewelry, a sushi smorgasbord, an old-school telephone and a pair of spirited cocktails on a fiery-red backdrop. Inspired by hardworking women, Piecework plans to donate 10 percent of their profit for this 1,000-piece puzzle to the National Women’s Law Center through the rest of the year.

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$38

Give your partner-in-crime a stylish reminder to embrace positivity every day with this gold-plated "optimism" necklace from ban.do. They’ll love how the minimalist necklace is easy to dress up or down and looks chic solo or layered with other chains. Ban.do will donate a portion of proceeds to Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes girls' development through one-on-one mentorships and researched-based programs.

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The key to personal happiness is giving back to those around you. Purchase this darling and dainty key necklace from The Giving Keys to support their effort to end homelessness. Each necklace purchased through The Giving Keys helps create jobs for those transitioning out of homelessness. The timeless necklace comes in gold, silver or rose gold finish and features your choice of three uplifting engraved phrases.

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$33.90 - $48.40

Support the efforts of Black Lives Matter Global Network with the purchase of this symbolic necklace. The empowering design makes a welcome addition to any jewelry collection, and 100 percent of the profit made from this necklace is donated directed to the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Each necklace comes in a gold-filled, sterling silver or rose gold finish and can be customized with personal engravings upon request.

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Add to your daughter’s art collection with this empowering GRL PWR print. The bold floral design is printed on museum-grade paper and printed with high-quality archival ink to ensure an eye-catching accent on their wall. The owner at Articulated Art Prints donates $1 of every purchase to the American Civil Liberty Union to aid their efforts to fight against discrimination, oppression and more.

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Celebrate the season with a delicious scented candle from Rescue Candle. This peppermint chocolate soy candle is hand-poured in a classic Mason jar and will consume your home with a fresh and wintry fragrance that lingers for hours. Our favorite part? The makers at Rescue Candle donate 15 percent of their proceeds towards animal rescue charities, and each candle comes with its very own donation card.

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$14.95 - $24.95

Spoil your loved ones and support the LGBTQ community by shopping The Future is Bright collection at Williams Sonoma. Williams Sonoma promises to donate 50 percent of the retail price from the collection to The Trevor Project to aid in their mission to provide suicide and crisis prevention for LGBTQ youth. The Future is Bright collection features an array of gift options, like a double-wick candle, a rainbow heart spatula and three unique coffee mugs.

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$19.99 (Pack of 4)

'Tis the season to treat your inner circle to some fancy bar soap. The Hand in Hand assorted bar soap set is a must-have on your holiday shopping list because the company donates one month of clean water and one bar of soap to children in Haiti for every bar of soap sold. Hand in Hand has donated over 1.6 million bars of soap to date and has built four wells to provide clean water for those in need. The set comes with four fragrances: cactus blossom, citrus grove, sea salt and lavender. Bonus: The soaps are made with environmentally-conscious materials.

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$45 (Set of 3)

Snag this three-piece makeup case set for the beauty lover in your life. The Fenty Beauty trio includes a soft black case and two inserts to keep products within reach and organized while on the go. Fenty is donating 100 percent of your purchase to the Clara Lionel Foundation. The groundbreaking foundation (also founded by Rihanna!) works to support higher levels of education, emergency response and health programs in underprivileged communities around the world.

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One can never have too many candles, right? This Canopy-scented candle will wrap your home in a mix of teakwood, water lily and eucalyptus notes that will linger for hours after burning. Each candle comes in a recycled-glass vessel and promises a 50-hour burn time. Give Back to Nature Candles also donates a portion of each candle sale to one of three charitable organizations based on the candle purchased. Purchasing this refreshing fragrance will lead to a donation to Amazon Watch, aiding their efforts to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

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